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All art is political, but 1335Mabini takes on the hard stuff—like history, collective memory, and politics—through exhibitions and discussions. Manila’s nitty gritty issues pressing on the country today are laid bare through exhibitions, public talks, and international linkages.
The gallery was originally founded in an old colonial mansion at 1335 Mabini Street in Manila City, where it still operates as Mabini Projects. Artists-in-residence are invited to live and work in the studio for a few months. It’s their pseudo-laboratory where artists and curators play around.
It is their new Makati location, however, where the fight unabashedly continues. Their work is critical of the present state of the nation, sometimes holding a dissenting opinion. Recent exhibitions, like “Salvage Projects” by Mark Salvatus have played on mobility in the city and the debris we leave behind, as told through found objects. In 2017, it was the rise of unsolved killings in the country that hung heavy on the artists’ mind, prompting “Notes on Dissent” by artists Junyee, Gus Albor, and Tengal Drilon.
A little farther from the usual haunts of trendy Poblacion and a little near Rockwell, Pineapple Lab is a creative hub dedicated to artists and makers of all pronouns and colors of the spectrum.
In June 2019, for instance, Pineapple Lab hosted The Lil Gay Shop, “retail experience that highlights the sparkly spectrum of magical makers within the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Adding this picture of my best friend in the beautiful Art sector Gallery & Chimney Cafe 360 in Rizal. The gallery showcases different art forms from sculptures to mixed media, paintings, collages, different styles, and themes created by various local artists. This unique rooftop with a chimney-like style will definitely make your stay worthwhile. What makes it more special is the unobstructed view of Laguna de Bay, city lights, hills, and is a perfect sunset spot.